Image Metadata Specification for CenSeam

The CenSeam Image Metadata Project intends to standardize the metadata captured for still images by members of The Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts (CenSeam) working group, with the possibility of being used in the larger marine science community through projects like The Census of Marine Life (CoML) and Marine Metadata Interoperability (MMI). In addition to writing the specification document, Mike McCann and Lonny Lundsten, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), have created images with embedded metadata following this specification, and a protocol for reading and writing this metadata to still images.

For more information on the MBARI image metadata, email Lonny Lundsten at MBARI (lonny at